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[229] neither be frightened nor humbled, nor made to forget that he is an American citizen and a freeman, or, as a being accountable to God, to hold his peace on the subject of African oppression. ‘Is the inquiry made, how do I bear up under my adversities? I answer—like the oak—like the Alps—unshaken, storm-proof.’ To the narrative of his conviction he is able to append a Southern and a Northern protest against it; the former from a convention of the Manumission Society of North Carolina, the latter from the Massachusetts Journal and Tribune, whose opinion was reinforced by the fact that the editor and writer of the article in question, David Lee Child,1 was a lawyer. His own comments follow in2 a later number.

Still a little space remains on the second page, and this shall be filled by verses signed ‘G——n,’ but written who knows when or where amid all the distractions of the past six months?

Universal emancipation.

Though distant be the hour, yet come it must—
     Oh! hasten it, in mercy, righteous Heaven!
When Afric's sons, uprising from the dust,
     Shall stand erect—their galling fetters riven;
When from his throne Oppression shall be driven,
     An exiled monster, powerless through all time;
When freedom—glorious freedom, shall be given
     To every race, complexion, caste, and clime,
And nature's sable hue shall cease to be a crime!

Wo if it come with storm, and blood, and fire,
     When midnight darkness veils the earth and sky!
Wo to the innocent babe—the guilty sire—
     Mother and daughter—friends of kindred tie!
Stranger and citizen alike shall die!

1 ‘My husband was anti-slavery,’ wrote Mrs. Child in 1867, ‘and it [slavery] was the theme of many of our conversations while Garrison was in prison’ ( “Letters of L. M. Child,” p. 195).

2 Lib. 1.9; ante, p. 196.

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